[fpc-devel] PR advancement

Michalis Kamburelis michalis at camelot.homedns.org
Wed Nov 23 23:06:21 CET 2005

Ales Katona wrote:
> I think the simplest and perhaps most important change to get better PR 
> for both Lazarus and FPC is the web page. It needs to be more "wow" 
> style. News have to be a bit propagandistic. A FAQ is IMHO required with 
> first questions like:
> 1. Is Free Pascal/Lazarus really free?

The "freeness" of FreePascal is already advertised in a lot of places, 
including the very name "FreePascal". Current FAQ mentions (more than 
once) that the compiler is GPLed. I don't think there's any need to 
advertise this more.

> 2. Can I use Free Pascal/Lazarus for commercial development?

This is the 4th question of current FAQ. And I assume that you actually 
wanted to say "closed source", this is not the same thing as "commercial".

> 3. Are there any real world applications made with Free Pascal/Lazarus?

I guess that even a "manager" is able to type "fpc" or "lazarus" into 

> 4. Why should I use Free Pascal/Lazarus?

There's a special page "Advantages" on www.freepascal.org devoted to 
this question.

> 5. Isn't Free Software equal to crappy software?

Of course it's total crap. But we're just a bunch of poor windoze lusers 
and we can't do anything better. So we devote our full time to maintain 
this miserable piece of software, this ugly webpage and this lousy FAQ.

I'm sorry, I could not resist to say this. :)

Seriously: I think that it's obvious (even to the "managers") that if 
you maintain a FAQ for some software, then you don't think it's crappy.

> etc.
> In other words, FAQ for managers. I'm not saying you should scrap the 
> old one. Just put the technical questions a bit lower.
> I can write a few FAQ entries in plain text but I can't make a dynamic 
> webpage(perhaps CGI? :) )
> Ales
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